Exploring the challenges that both the churched and the unchurched have faced regarding giving and receiving the word of God, Bob Ekblad encourages us all to learn to read the Bible together as a whole. In this compelling book, he reflects on how Christians have often found it difficult to proclaim God's good news to every realm of society, while those who have needed it most have frequently deemed themselves unworthy due to social circumstances or sinfulness. In Reading the Bible with the Damned, Ekblad offers concrete advice on how to bridge this gap through a variety of insights ultimately leading to spiritual transformation. This book is full of examples of how Scripture changes lives for those who attend Bible studies and for those who lead them, offering practical suggestions on many passages from the Old and New Testaments.
Christian Century (May 30, 2006) "The book breaks apart our usual categories of interpretation and lets texts speak afresh." --Walter Brueggemann
Review of Biblical Literature (May 2005) "[A] good read: motivating, enlightening, and encouraging at the same time. For the readers addressed--basically anyone interested in the Bible and searching for new access to its text and characters, whether minister or layperson, nonacademic or professional, regardless of one's educational background--Reading the Bible with the Damned provides the opportunity to update one's knowledge of and perspective on the biblical texts, sheds new light on otherwise often neglected aspects of the Bible, and may help one 'to read the Bible again, as if for the first time.'" --Thomas J. Kraus, Hilpoltstein, Germany
Review of Biblical Literature (May 2005) "Certainly to be recommended, not only to workers of the church, but also to academic exegetes....an innovated and animating book." --Walter Dietrich, Universitat Bern, Bern, Switzerland
The Bible Today (May/June 2006)
Journal of Theology for South Africa (Vol. 124, March 2006) "It is written with passion, conviction, and sensitivity. It offers moments of real insight and creativity."
New Testament Abstracts (Vol. 50, No. 1, 2006)
Homiletic (Vol. 30, No. 2, Winter 2005) "This is an extraordinary book. I have read many volumes that attempt to demonstrate the modern relevance of the Bible, but none of them in my memory comes close to the immediacy and excitement of Ekblad's book." --John C. Holbert